The Vikings are expected to sign long snapper Kevin McDermott, a league source confirmed.
McDermott will compete with longtime Vikings long snapper Cullen Loeffler to snap for the team in 2015. Last month, Loeffler re-signed with a deal that included $300,000 in guaranteed money.
McDermott, 25, is entering his third NFL season. He has snapped in 23 career games.
Undrafted out of UCLA in 2013, he snapped for the 49ers in 2013 and joined the Ravens midway through the 2014 after their long snapper, Morgan Cox, suffered a season-ending injury. Then after suiting up for seven games for the Ravens, McDermott hurt his elbow, ending his season, too.
Yahoo! Sports first reported this afternoon that the Vikings planned to sign McDermott.
College basketball is not a business of loyalty. If and when the right offer comes, Richard Pitino may well leave -- and it could be before people think. If the Gophers want to keep him, they'll need to be proactive.
With the 2015 NFL draft looming on April 30, the Vikings have been busy doing their homework on draft prospects. Here is a list of their interactions, reported by us or others, with certain prospects. Note that this is far from a complete list, as there are surely meetings the Vikings have kept quiet.
Devin Gardner, QB/WR, Michigan: East West Shrine Game meeting
Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State: Pro day meeting
David Cobb, RB, Minnesota: NFL combine meeting
Zach Zenner, RB, North Dakota State: East West Shrine Game meeting
Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn: NFL combine meeting
Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland: Pro day meeting
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri: Winter Park visit
Tyler Lockett, WR, Kansas State: Senior Bowl meeting
Devante Parker, WR, Louisville: NFL combine meeting
Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State: NFL combine meeting
Gerald Christian, TE, Louisville: NFL combine meeting
Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota: Winter Park visit
Jamon Brown, OT, Louisville: East West Shrine Game meeting
T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh: Winter Park visit
Shaq Mason, G, Georgia Tech: Senior Bowl meeting
A.J. McCann, G, South Carolina: Winter Park visit
Terry Poole, OT, San Diego State: East West Shrine Game meeting
Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson: NFL combine meeting
Bud Dupree, DE, Kentucky: NFL combine meeting and pro day meeting
Dante Fowler, DE, Florida: NFL combine meeting
Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska: Pro day meeting
Marcus Hardison, DT, Arizona State: Pro day meeting and Winter Park visit
Za’Darius Smith, DE, Kentucky: East West Shrine Game meeting
Lynden Trail, DE, Norfolk State: Winter Park meeting
Stephone Anthony, MLB, Clemson: Pro day meeting
Paul Dawson, MLB, TCU: Winter Park visit
Benardrick McKinney, MLB, Mississippi State: NFL combine meeting
Denzel Perryman, MLB, Miami: NFL combine meeting
Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington: NFL combine meeting and Winter Park visit
Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas: NFL combine meeting
Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut: Pro day meeting
Marcus Peters, CB, Washington: Winter Park visit
Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State: Winter Park visit
Josh Shaw, CB, USC: East West Shrine Game meeting
Cedric Thompson, S, Minnesota: Winter Park visit
Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State: Winter Park visit
Deadspin had a fun post on Thursday asking readers, “If you could go back and change the outcome of a single play in any historical sporting event, which one would it be, and why?”
For a Minnesota sports fan, this opens up a floodgate of “what-ifs” and painful memories. Nevertheless, we thought it would be an interesting exercise to put that question out to you, but limit it to only plays that happened in games involving Minnesota teams.
Some obvious candidates come to mind: Gary Anderson’s missed field goal in the NFC Title Game following the 1998 season; Brett Favre’s interception late in the NFC Title Game following the 2009 season. Darrin Nelson’s dropped pass in the 1987 game. Drew Pearson.
Joe Mauer’s “foul ball” in the 2009 ALDS might be another pick. Even though he ended up walking after Phil Cuzzi made the wrong call on his would-be double, fans still might have a burning desire to know how that inning would have played out otherwise. Corey Koskie’s hit in the 2004 ALDS against the Yankees, a ground-rule double that likely would have scored the go-ahead run and could have given the Twins a 2-0 series lead had it stayed in the park?
Or perhaps Anaheim’s goal in double-overtime of Game 1 of the 2003 Western Conference Finals against the Wild? If that doesn’t go in, maybe Minnesota wins the game and the series is completely different?
We’re missing tons of other candidates, so as you ponder this question and leave your answer in the comments, obviously don’t feel like you have to pick only the ones we mentioned. But remember: It’s just one play that we’re looking for here.